Higher Education Scholarship Palestine (HESPAL)

HESPAL aims to help create the next generation of senior academics who can maintain international quality standards at Palestinian universities and to develop renewed, sustainable links between Palestinian and UK universities.

The Scheme will upgrade junior academic staff in Palestinian universities through a Masters Scholarship programme.

How many Higher Education scholarships (HESPAL) are there available for Palestinians?

Currently 22 Masters and 15 PhD scholarships are awarded to candidates in Palestinian universities in the West Bank and Gaza. ( Bristol PhD for An Najah and Al Quds University), Dundee University in Humanitarian Any additional offers of Masters and PhD scholarships from other UK universities will be announced separately.

How and when can I apply? 

Please read the guidance notes for applicants and submit the application form and supporting documents mentioned in the sections below. 


What are the areas of study?

Business, Economics and Finance; Educational Management; Political Sciences and International Relations; Human Rights and Governance; Agriculture; Engineering; Law, Management; Environmental Studies; Water management, Nursing, TSOL, Human Resourses, Economics, Literature, Linguistics, IT, Science programmes, Environmental Sciences and Sustainable Infrastructure, Clean Energy and Conservation Strategies, MA Energy Management, Energy Conservation, Sustainable Energy, ICT, nanotechnologies and energy. 


What does the scholarship cover?

The scholarship covers the following:

  • tuition fees
  • pre-departure briefing from the British Council
  • arrival allowances
  • thesis allowances
  • a monthly allowance to cover living expenses.

Scholarship does not cover the costs for accompanying family, visa fees, IELTS cost, and Airfare ticket to from the UK.

What documents are required to submit with the application?

Applicants must provide the following supporting documents to British Council Palestine within given deadlines:

  • completed copies of HESPAL application form (including details of 2 academic referees)
  • certified Proof of Palestinian nationality and Palestinian Territories residency
  • nomination letter from Palestinian university
  • proof of employment at university
  • proof of academic / work record – i.e. Transcript translated into English including grades for each year of study of bachelor’s degree and certified copies of masters degree and degree certificates;
  • IELTS certificate 6.5 and above
  • signed contract between scholar and their university declaring that they will return to Palestine to their university on completion of masters degree after 12 months
  • signed release form from scholar permitting the UK HEI to provide British Council and scholar’s home institution with reports from their academic advisor.

What are the candidates' conditions of eligibility?

  • Applicant must be a resident citizen of Palestinian Territories.
  • Applicant must be currently employed by the Palestinian university which nominates her/him, which must be one of the participating Palestinian universities listed below.
  • Applicant will have a Masters degree from a Palestinian university (see footnotes) with a minimum grade of very good (and equivalent to at least a 3.0 Bachelor’s Degree from UK).
  • No age limits for applicants.
  • Applicant must sign a written undertaking to return to Palestinian university within a time frame agreed with their university, normally one year.
  • Applicant must have IELTS certification appropriate for course and university (normally at least 6.5, sometimes higher).

    To apply for the scheme each applicant should contact the University coordinator in the list below.

Contact details of university coordinators

An Najah University Dr. Rasha Khayyat scholarships.coordinator@najah.edu
Palestine Technical University - Kadoorie Dr. Hesham Sawafta hsawaftah@gmail.com
Bethlehem University Mr. Mahdi Kleibo mkleibo@bethlehem.edu
Palestine Ahliya University Mr. Jiries Abu Ghannam jghannam@paluniv.edu.ps
Al Quds University  Asma Bader acad.cooperation@admin.alquds.edu
Al Quds Open University

Ms. Lina Abuhilal                                

Arab American University Fathy Imour fathy.imour@aauj.edu 
Polytechnic University Dr. Mustafa Abu Safa vp-academic@ppu.edu
Hebron University Muna Irziqat   MunaI@hebron.edu
Birzeit University             Mr. Mazen Hamed mhamedl@birzeit.edu  
 Al Azhar University - Gaza  Dr. Awni Abu Saman


Islamic University – Gaza Ms. Wala'a Safi ex-scholarship@iugaza.edu.ps

Participating UK Universities

 Essex, SOAS, London School of Economics Studies (LSE),Sussex  Kings College London , Oxford Brookes, Newcastle, Lincoln, Nottingham, St Mary’s St Mary's University Twickenham, Queen Mary University of London, Edinburgh, Birmingham Masters, Newman University in Birmingham,  Birmingham City, Warwick (2 scholarships), Westminster, Roehampton, University of Cumbria, University of Winchester, Leeds Trinity, University of Glasgow , Dundee University, Bristol University, Hope Liverpool and York St. John University.  

participating Palestinian Universities

Al-Azhar University, University of Bethlehem,  Birzeit University, Islamic University of Gaza, An-Najah National University, Hebron, University of Hebron, Al Quds Open University, Al Quds University, Jerusalem, American Arab University in Jenin, Palestine Ahliya University, Palestine Technical University Kadoorie, Palestine Polytechnic University, Hebron and The University College of Applied Sciences.